Major Richard Sharpe
This character is the principle protagonist of the novel and is present in most--but not all--of the scenes in the narrative.
Sergeant Patrick Harper
He is a long-time friend and fellow soldier of Sharpe, and the two men have fought together in many previous campaigns.
Captain William Frederickson
He is a company commander of the Royal American Rifles. He has enjoyed a long association with the 60th Rifles and is well-liked--indeed, admired--by the men serving in his company.
Captain William Bampfylde
He is a British captain presented at the opening of the novel, and much considered in a previous novel of the series. He is described as youngish, plump, very over-confident, pale, and possessed of glaucous eyes.
Major Pierre Ducos
He is a French intelligence officer of vitriolic temperament and wide ranging influence.
Jane Sharpe née Gibbons
She is the wife of Major Richard...
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